TriStar snaps photo book on teenagers

NEW YORK — TriStar has optioned the screen rights to Knopf’s “Flash Forward: Growing Up in the Shadow of Hollywood.” It’s unusual because while it’s been celebrated by critics, “Flash Forward” is a $35 coffee table book of photographs.

The book by Lauren Greenfield the was acquired for a small option against a six-figure fee if it gets made. Harry Ufland will produce with Richard Waltzer exec producing. To Ufland, “Flash Forward” is a blueprint for a film that crosses the social strata of teens in Hollywood.

“We’re looking for a writer right now, and the idea is converging stories culminating in an event where these kids who don’t really know each other come together at the end of the movie,” said Ufland.

The book is a study of kids in neighborhoods from Beverly Hills to East L.A. TriStar’s Lauren Lloyd and Chris Lee brought in the book.

Ufland’s working on a number of magazine-article and book-based projects with big names. Those include “The Inside Man,” a Touchstone project written by Michael Mann, who’ll direct Leonardo DiCaprio; “Pryor Conviction,” the biopic of Richard Pryor scripted by Rob O’Hara for Universal; a Fine Line project about Adm. Michael Boorda, who killed himself when accused of wearing medals he didn’t earn, which Lili Zanuck will direct; “I Was Amelia Earhart,” the Jane Mendelson novel that Naomi Foner is adapting for Fine Line; and “One True Thing,” the Fox 2000 adaptation of the Anna Quindlen novel scripted by Karen Croner.

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